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How To Rip Music from CDs into iTunes

You can rip music from a CD and import it into iTunes, thus copying songs from your CDs to your iTunes library. Then you can add the ripped songs to your iPod. So your CDs aren’t useless just because you got an iPod!

1

Insert an audio CD.

The songs appear in the List pane as generic, unnamed tracks at first. If your computer is connected to the Internet and you’ve turned on the option to automatically retrieve song information from the Internet, iTunes automatically retrieves the track information.

2

(Optional) Deselect the check boxes next to any songs on the CD that you don’t want to import.

iTunes imports only the songs that have check marks next to them; when you remove the check mark next to a song, iTunes skips that song.

3

Click the Import button.

The Import button is at the bottom-right corner of the iTunes window. The status display shows the progress of the operation. To cancel, click the small x next to the progress bar in the status display.

iTunes displays an orange, animated waveform icon next to the song that it’s importing. When iTunes finishes importing each song, it displays a check mark next to the song, as shown in this figure.

4

When all the songs are imported, eject the CD by clicking the Eject button at the lower-right corner of the iTunes window.

You can also choose Controls→Eject Disc to eject the disc, or click the Eject icon next to the disc name in the Source pane.

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